What do Massachusetts state reps do for their constituents?


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Massachusetts state representatives look after the welfare of their constituents through the legislative process, according to the state's constitution. They are the people's voice. Besides passing laws, their job includes addressing persistent community problems such as high unemployment and responding to requests for government help.

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State representatives often travel to meet their constituents and answer questions during town hall-type meetings. It is during these kinds of interactions that they often get ideas and feedback about the community's needs so that they can craft bills and pass laws that benefit their communities. State representative are elected officials, and they serve in either the state's Senate or in the House of Representatives.

As of August 2015, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has 160 members, with each representative responsible for about 40,000 constituents. As mandated by the state's constitution, the House holds sessions every three days throughout the year to discuss pending bills and pass legislation. The Speaker of the House leads the House of Representatives, and he is elected by its members at the start of every legislative session, which runs for two years. The Massachusetts Legislature — called the General Court — is a very old institution and has held sessions since 1713.

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